Aviation Photography

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Although I spend a lot of my time capturing those wonderful moments when our dogs do something memorable, my photographic interests frequently take me to other subjects.  Recently I was lucky to be invited to join many from the Airline Pilot Guy www.airlinepilotguy.com  community at the Wings over Pittsburgh airshow.

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A classic American airshow of old and new it proved to be a great place to watch such remarkable aircraft as the F22 and the previous generation of fighters, the P51 Mustang.

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Photographing aircraft can be a bit of a challenge and I am always in awe of those who do it well.  It needs a very steady hand to pan a big camera with the sort of long lens needed to bring an aircraft close enough to see properly.  A fast shutter speed is essential unless you want to get some prop blur, in which case you need to be unbelievably steady!

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I was using my fairly new Canon 5D Mk4 with a 100-400 L MkII but even that wasn’t enough so I had a 1.4 teleconverter attached, giving me a reasonable 560 mil of reach.  The camera settings were just as important as when shooting against the sky, even against a clouds, the camera will expose for the bright background and leave you will a flying silhouette! Around a stop of over exposure is needed to get the detail you will want from the aircraft.

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Of course, not all photo opportunities are in the sky, there were plenty of things to shoot at ground level, including a wonderful old machine that flew in the Berlin Airlift.

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And although we all loved the noise and excitement of the fast jets, one of the most beautiful displays made no noise at all!

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